There may be no more awkward position in financial services right now than being an internal candidate for the chief executive of Bank of America Corp.

Board members have so far failed miserably — and very publicly — to entice any outside candidates to replace Ken Lewis before his planned retirement at yearend. If the company's Thanksgiving deadline is to be met, it might have to default to one of the leading internal contenders, Brian Moynihan or Gregory Curl.

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